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When you look back, do you ever wish you got stated with those commercial grade mowers? Would that have made a big difference in how fast you grew early on?

Do you feel your early mowers held you back?
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When you look back, do you ever wish you got stated with those commercial grade mowers? Would that have made a big difference in how fast you grew early on?

Do you feel your early mowers held you back?
Well, in a way it held me back because it really was a matter of productivity. On the other hand, I really didn't know how to bid properly or how to really get those better jobs. I have learned a lot and in the long run I feel I learned a lot though the years and I am glad I didn't tie up a lot of money in equipment back then.
Besides, I think the kind of customers I attracted back then would not have liked the equipment I use now. I would have gotten done faster and these people would have felt they weren't getting their "money's worth" time wise.
Elderly, low income people are a funny breed. But then so are young middle and upper income people. Well, in a different way.
The elderly, low income people simply want their lawn and weeds chopped down every couple of weeks just to keep the city off of their backs. And they don't have a lot of money so they want to feel like they are getting their "money's worth" time wise. They can't even fathom $60.00 per hour. They have no concept of expenses or profit.
Again, on the other hand, young middle and upper income people want their lawns to be a status symbol and some don't care what it costs and as long as you give a fair rate and make them proud of their lawn, there is no problem. I have, though, run into some that want the status symbol yard at a bargain price. You have to learn how to deal with those people to make them feel like they are getting a bargain and that you, being beneath their status, are making very little money from them. But they still want the nice equipment and nice truck and trailer in front of their house every week for the benefit of the neighbors.
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I recently did an estimate for spring yard cleanup and had to measure the back yard only. I don't have a survery wheel and there is no way i was going to deal with a 25ft tape measure. so i walked the yard from end to end. You figure the average pace is about 3 ft. i took the number of steps times 3 ft to get a ballpark estimate of the size. you could also use a pedometer. most likely your wife may have one from when she does her exercise walking. just simple ideas when a survery wheel isnt apart of your inventory yet.
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Again, on the other hand, young middle and upper income people want their lawns to be a status symbol and some don't care what it costs and as long as you give a fair rate and make them proud of their lawn, there is no problem. I have, though, run into some that want the status symbol yard at a bargain price. You have to learn how to deal with those people to make them feel like they are getting a bargain and that you, being beneath their status, are making very little money from them.
With all these experiences you have had with these different customer types, do you find now that you prefer focusing on one customer type over the other? Or do you still find that you are happy to get who ever you can as a customer?
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